Omicron: Gujarat man who returned from Zimbabwe infected with new Covid-19 variant

A 72-year-old man who returned from Zimbabwe to Jamnagar has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, PTI reported on Saturday, quoting the Gujarat health department.

The sample of the man was sent for genome sequencing to Pune after he was detected with the new variant on Thursday. Gujarat health commissioner Jai Prakash Shivhare has confirmed that the man was found infected with the Omicron, the news agency reported.

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that two cases of the new variant had been reported in Karnataka. In both the cases, the men are fully vaccinated aged 46 and 66 years.

According to PTI, nine members of a family in Jaipur have tested positive for COVID-19, days after four of them returned from South Africa. More than 12 patients in Delhi are suspected to be infected by the omicron, and have been admitted at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital.

Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing and the results for the test are awaited.

All Omicron-related cases are found to have mild symptoms so far, said Lav Agarwal, the Union Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary.

He added, “In all such cases in the country and across the world so far, no severe symptom has been noted. WHO has said that its emerging evidence is being studied.”

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